August Deals 2018: 9 Places Handing Out Free Food & Sales

By: Jimmy Rhoades | Victor Padilla Posted: 11:08 AM, Jul 30, 2018 Updated: 1:46 PM, Aug 8, 2018

Looking for August deals and freebies? Then keep reading! The List spoke with The Penny Hoarder’s Lisa Rowen, who shared the best August deals to take advantage of. And to help you scrimp even more dollars, we’re also highlighting a few places giving away free food this month.


1. McDonald’s


Downloading the McDonald’s app will score you a bunch of freebies through August and end-of-year. From now until August 19, McDonald’s will give you free hash browns when you purchase any breakfast sandwich through their rewards app. You can also a chug a free McCafé drink when you buy five McCafé drinks. A don’t forget to take advantage of free fries for the rest of 2018! That’s right – when you make a purchase through the app of $1 or more, you’ll receive a free order of medium fries, or a free soft drink. Take advantage of this deal every Friday through the rest of the year.


Make sure to read our article on all the places giving away free food with app download.


2. Computers


Here’s something we’ve been telling you to hold off on for months now: computers…except not the shiny, new ones. “Computer manufacturers typically release their new models in the summer,” shares Lisa. “So back-to-school sales are a great time to get last year’s model if you’re looking for a laptop or a desktop computer.” But hold off on Apple computers! “They typically announce their new models in September, so they haven’t discounted any late models yet,” adds Lisa. “Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a designer, you’re probably going to find a good deal for your everyday use.” So computers are definitely one of the biggest August deals to look out for.


3. Firehouse Subs


Here’s another food freebie! On 8/4, Firehouse Subs is giving away free medium sub sandwiches to all customers who donate an unopened 24-pack of water bottles. Their Facebook invite says the waters will go to first responders who will then distribute donations to people in need.


4. School Supplies


School is back in session which spells major August deals! You’d think back-to-school sales are the biggest no-brainer in the world, right? Well, there are two things to consider.


First, you spend a ton on this stuff. “Families who have kids in school spend almost $700 on school supplies,” says Lisa. This certainly isn’t chump change, so here’s a trick you might not know about: in participating states, you can stack store discounts with sales tax holidays. “If you’re thinking about saving six, seven, [or] eight percent on the things you need to buy for your child anyway, those savings can certainly add up,” reveals Lisa.


States holding sales tax holidays in August are Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Lisa says you’ll want to check when the tax-free holiday is – and look at restrictions on what you can buy and how much you can spend. For more ways to save, here’s of places of back-to-school freebies and deals under $1.


5. Chick-Fil-A


Do you live in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas area? Then stop by your local Chick-Fil-A, because KVEO reports the chain is handing out free breakfast munchies throughout August. Customers can enjoy free Chicken Biscuits on August 8 and 22, as well as free Chick-N-Minis on August 15 and 29 from opening through 10am. Someone save us a biscuit, please!


6. August Deals on Used Wedding Decor


This might be the most unusual of August deals: used wedding decor. “This one may feel a little strange, but you have to think about wedding season,” informs Lisa. Don’t be grossed out – this stuff was used one time for probably about 15 minutes. Lisa says you can snag a bunch of items: “Maybe some centerpiece items, or other decor and supplies that you might be able to use. Check out yard sales, or websites like Craiglist, OfferUp, or LetGo for really deeply-discounted supplies that, if you went to the craft store, or a decor store, you would be paying full price.” We’ll always say I do to paying less!


7. Hot Dog on a Stick


Here’s a freebie intended for a good cause. August 20 is National Lemonade Day, and Hot Dog on a Stick is celebrating by handing out free small lemonades to customers who donate to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Click here to learn more.

8. National Frozen Custard Day

The only thing better than frozen custard is free frozen custard, right? On Wednesday, August 6, creameries across the country will celebrate National Frozen Custard Day by giving away free and dirt-cheap frozen custard. Don’t miss our article on all National Frozen Custard Day deals and freebies to take advantage of.


9. National S’mores Day

August 10 marks National S’mores Day, when many places across the country will be giving away free and cheap s’mores. Wanna get in on gooey, chocolately fun? Read our our article on where to get free s’mores this National S’mores Day!

If you’re looking for August deals and freebies, now you’ve got at least seven you can take advantage of!


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